3 changes Seahawks should make now that Geno Smith is re-signing
By Lee Vowell
Change number 2: Seahawks should trade back in the 2023 NFL draft
Trading back in the NFL draft wouldn’t really be a new thing for general manager John Schneider. He likes to do it. But Seattle has never had a top-five pick since Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll came to Seattle in 2010. And trading back in the 2023 NFL draft would still constitute a change.
There are many reasons for the Seahawks to move back in the upcoming draft. They have a few positions of need – defensive line, linebacker, and the interior of the offensive line – that likely require multiple players to help fix the issues instead of just one. Seattle needs high-end players, sure, but they can still get good players for those positions if moving back. Plus, if Seattle does move back, they probably would do so with teams like the Panthers or Raiders and that would mean Seattle still would have a top-ten choice.
Even trading back to choice number 9 should yield the possibility to take players like edge rusher Nolan Smith, defensive tackle Bryan Bresee, or defensive end Myles Murphy. Maybe even edge rusher Tyree Wilson. The point is that there will be a number of high-quality prospects to choose from.
But in return for trading down, the Seahawks could gain an extra first-round choice in the 2024 draft. Seattle had a great draft in 2022 after a few years of not doing that well. 2023 needs to be a home run as well. But adding a high pick in 2024 only keeps the momentum going for the Seahawks to have a younger, hungrier, and even more talented roster.